Lessons from Roger: The Best of #EbertChat

In celebration of our CNN television premiere on Sunday, January 4, at 9pm ET (with an encore at 11pm ET), we've combed through our #EbertChat archive to collect together anecdotes about Roger and his invaluable impact on film. Enjoy!

  1. Collected from our popular series #EbertChat, here are our guest host film critics and filmmakers discussing Roger, his writing, and his influence on how they look at the movies.
  2. Our CNN television premiere is on Sunday, January 4, at 9pm ET & 11pm ET! Chaz Ebert (@ChazEbert) will be live tweeting throughout the broadcast, beginning at 9pm ET.
  3. First up: Ava DuVernay is an acclaimed writer and director; her most recent film, Selma -- about Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, AL -- won the 2014 AFI award for Movie of the Year, and is currently nominated for 4 Golden Globes. This year, Ava became the first woman of color to be nominated for the Best Director award at the Golden Globes.
  4. What makes Roger's writing so distinctive?
  5. What was the best advice that Roger ever gave you?
  6. Scott Weinberg is one of the leading voices in online criticism and horror & genre cinema. In addition to his film criticism, Scott is also a writer and film producer, currently finishing production on Found Footage 3D.
  7. What did you learn from Roger and his film criticism?
  8. Film critic Christy Lemire is renowned for her work for What the Flick?!, RogerEbert.com, and Rotten Tomatoes. She was formerly film critic for the Associated Press and co-hosted the final edition of “Ebert Presents At the Movies” with Ignatiy Vishnevetsky in 2011.
  9. What do you admire about Roger's attitude towards film?
  10. Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker, film critic, and acclaimed video essayist. He is a contributor to RogerEbert.com and the Founding Editor of Fandor Keyframe.
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